- The scientific study of consciousness is a young and thriving field, encompassing empirical and theoretical research of multiple disciplines. This conference aims to bring together researchers whose scientific activity relates to the theoretical and mathematical foundations of this field and to thereby promote the study and creation of models of consciousness and formal approaches to the mind-matter relation.
- The inaugural conference took place from 9-12 September 2019 in the beautiful Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford.
- John Barnden - Consciousness, metacausation and metadynamism
- Pedro Mediano - Moving beyond integration and differentiation in measures of neural dynamics
- Inês Hipólito - Generative models of the mind: neural connections and cognitive integration
- Gustav Bernroider - Neural sense relations and consciousness: a diagrammatic approach
- Marc Ebner - A communication-based model of consciousness
- Diana Stanciu - An ESR model of consciousness
- Aïda Elamrani - Inputs, outputs, and meta-models
- Chetan Prakash - Structure Invention by Conscious Agents
- Quanlong Wang - Modelling consciousness divisions in ZW-calculus
- Pierre Baudot - Information cohomology and probabilistic topos for consciousness modeling: from elementary perception to machine learning
- Paul Baird - A model for perceptual states
- Mauro D’Ariano - Awareness: an operational theoretical approach
- Anita Mehta - Chasing memories
- Ramón Guevara Erra - Statistical mechanics of consciousness: maximization of information content of neuronal networks is associated with conscious awareness
- Michael Silberstein - Quantum mechanics1 and the consistency of conscious experience
- Yakov Kremnitzer - Quantum collapse models and awareness
- Adrian Kent - Searching for Physical Models of the Evolution of Consciousness
- Ian Durham - Toward a formal model of free will
- Peter Lloyd - Automata-theoretic approach to modelling consciousness within mental monism
- Tim Palmer - Creativity and Consciousness: A Consequence of the Brain’s Extraordinary Energy Efficiency?
- Jonathan Mason - Expected Float Entropy Minimisation: A Relationship Content Theory of Consciousness
- Aaron Sloman - Why current AI and neuroscience fail to replicate or explain ancient forms of spatial reasoning and mathematical consciousness?
- Pedro Resende - Sketches of a mathematical theory of qualia
- Peter Grindrod - Large scale simulations of information processing within the human cortex: what “inner life” occurs?
- Camilo Miguel Signorelli - Consciousness interaction, from experiments to a multi-layer model
- Sean Tull - Generalised integrated information theories
- Stuart Hameroff - Anesthetic action on quantum terahertz oscillations in microtubules supports the Orch OR theory of consciousness
- Sir Roger Penrose - AI, Consciousness, Computation, and Physical Law
- Xerxes Arsiwalla - Computing Meaning from Conceptual Structures in Integrated Information Theory
- Adam Barrett - Integrated information theory: a perspective on `weak’ and `strong’ versions
- Johannes Kleiner - On the Mathematical Basis of Models of Consciousness
"Prakash (Chetan) - Structure Invention by Conscious Agents"
Source: Various - Models of Consciousness
Oxford Conference Abstract
- A scientific understanding of the process whereby physical entities produce consciousness has not come about, despite decades of investigation. This suggests exploring the reversal of the celebrated “hard problem of consciousness,” i.e., take consciousness as fundamental and the physical world as emergent. We describe Donald D. Hoffman’s Interface Theory of Perception in which perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world, but reside in simplified, species-specific, user interfaces. Building on this, the Conscious Realism Thesis states that the objective world consists entirely of a social network of ‘conscious agents’ and their experiences, which together create the objects and properties of our common physical world.
- Using evolutionary game theory, we justify interface theory by showing that perceptual strategies reporting the truth will be driven to extinction by those tuned instead to fitness. We state further theorems on fitness beating truth, by showing that perceived structures, such as symmetries, partial orders and probabilities, will likely not be possessed by a world. We define “conscious agents,” suggesting that space-time is a property of the perceptual interface of human conscious agents: physical “objects” are akin to icons on that interface; physical “phenomena” are properties of apparently interacting icons.
"Various - Models of Consciousness"
Source: Various - Models of Consciousness
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